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ERIC Number: ED574596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
Access to Food for Homeless and Highly Mobile Students. Best Practices in Interagency Collaboration Brief Series
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Homelessness is a lack of fixed, regular, and adequate housing often resulting from extreme poverty; economic hardship due to job loss, illness, or a similar reason; or devastation following a natural disaster. According to the Urban Institute, the mean income of families experiencing homelessness is less than half the federal poverty line. This brief is designed for state and local child nutrition program administrators, cafeteria managers, State Coordinators for Homeless Education, and local homeless education liaisons. It explains the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Child Nutrition Division (CND) policies regarding eligibility for free school meals for certain homeless, migrant, runaway, and foster students; addresses frequently asked questions about implementing these policies; and offers tools to ensure that these students can access food both inside and outside of school.
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE. P.O. Box 5367, 915 Northridge Street 2nd Floor, Greensboro, NC 27435. Tel: 800-755-3277; Fax: 336-315-7457; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs
Authoring Institution: National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE; National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY); Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
Identifiers - Location: Texas; Maryland (Baltimore); Oregon; Colorado (Denver); California; Oregon (Portland); Nevada (Reno); California (San Diego); Nebraska
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987; Elementary and Secondary Education Act